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There Will Be Blood: Live – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Jonny Greenwood Conductor: Hugh Brunt Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Reviewer:  George Attwell Gerhards One notable thing about There Will Be Blood is Jonny Greenwood’s haunting soundtrack, an assault of tense and uneasy strings that sets your teeth on edge right from the first few shots. It perfectly captures the mood of Paul Thomas Anderson’s bleak sparse exploration of the ...

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Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Tim Bell with Havoc Theatre Directors: Laurence Cook and Hannah Kew Reviewer:  John Kennedy Tragi-comic, pathos heart-string tugging, this Bearded Lady made quite an impression on last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and might well have become a minor cult hit: if only by a whisker - if only someone had had the heart (and comb) to tell her. We are ...

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Debris – Derby Theatre

Deviser: Louise White Reviewer:  Hannah Powell At first glance,  Debris appears to be a comedic interpretation of someone’s journey through depression, but as the show progresses it becomes much more than just that. It attacks the root of depressions through the first-hand experiences of the creator, Louise White. One might suspect that it might make a mockery of mental illness without ...

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Friday Night Classics: John Williams at The Oscars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight John Williams is a musical chameleon. He is able to adjust his style to suit, it seems, any film, although he will, of course, forever be associated in the minds of audiences everywhere for his long-standing collaboration with Stephen Spielberg, having scored all but three of the latter’s films. Almost 85 years of age, ...

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Swan Lake – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Swan Lake from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marina Medvetskaya Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Considered a flop when first performed, it was only a restaging after Tchaikovsky's death that propelled Swan Lake to the position of one of classical ballet's most beloved pieces. Northern Ballet opened Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre with their reinterpretation of the ballet back in 2010, but Marina Medvetskaya's St Petersburg Classic Ballet company stick to the ...

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Invincible – Derby Theatre

Alastair Whatley as Oliver and Emily Bowker as Emily

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Reviewer: Hannah Powell An incredible piece of theatre which is not only hilarious but also heart-warming and thought-provoking, Invincible depicts the story of Oliver (Alastair Whatley) and Emily (Emily Bowker), a couple more used to the southern way of things, as they relocate their family up north and have their first encounter with their ...

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Stomp – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Directors: Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas Reviewer:  Nicole Evans Many in the this evening's audience would have been first impressed by the notion that bin lids and heavy boots could double as musical instruments way back in the early 90s when Stomp was little more than a fringe show gimmick which began strutting its stuff on various chat shows. Now a well-known, ...

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What’s In A Name – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Jamie Glover as Peter, Sarah Hadland as Elizabeth, Raymond Coulthard as Carl in Whats in a Name

Writer: Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière Adaptor and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight What’s In A Name? has it all: belly laughs, moments of great poignancy, characters one can really identify with. All the elements – razor-sharp wit in the writing of Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière, an adaptation from the original French by director ...

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